Joey Carbery comes in at outhalf for the Champions Cup visit of Castres
Johnny Sexton ruled out through injury, as Sean O’Brien makes return for Leinster ‘A’
Joey Carbery will start in the number 10 jersey for Leinster this weekend. Photograph: Inpho
Joey Carbery will start Leinster’s European Champions Cup opener against Castres on Saturday at the RDS, with Johnny Sexton ruled out through injury.
Head coach Leo Cullen has made four changes in total from the team that accounted for Munster in the Pro12 last weekend - two in the backs and two in the forwards.
Sexton misses out as he has been “feeling a tightness in his hamstring at training during the week”. Therefore Carbery gets the nod at outhalf.
Nacewa went over 500 points for Leinster last weekend with his two tries and late conversion. Having now scored 511 points, including 36 tries, he is fifth on the all time Leinster point scorer table.
McGrath will win his 100th cap for Leinster against Castres having made his debut in April 2010 against the Glasgow Warriors. As well as 99 Leinster caps, the 27 year old St Mary’s club man has won 33 Ireland caps since his debut against Samoa in 2013.
It’s as you were in the second row with Devin Toner and Ian Nagle again lining out but it will be Nagle’s European debut.
Heaslip will become the second most capped player in Leinster history when he lines out for his 222nd game and in doing so will become the most capped forward in Leinster history. Gordon D’Arcy on 261 is the player with the most Leinster appearances.
Meanwhile Sean O’Brian and Jack Conan have both been named in the Leinster ‘A’ XV that kick-off their British and Irish Cup campaign away to Richmond on Saturday.
O’Brien picked up an injury playing for Ireland against France in the Six Nations and hasn’t featured for Leinster since the win over Bath in the Champions Cup back in January of this year.
LEINSTER: Rob Kearney; Zane Kirchner, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Isa Nacewa (captain); Joey Carbery, Luke McGrath; Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong; Devin Toner, Ian Nagle; Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, Jamie Heaslip.